Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Weber.
Hi Tim, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My name is Tim Weber, and I have been in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction since 20o3. Before that time, I spent many years struggling to fight my addiction to heroin and drinking. My addiction cost me my jobs, family, and friends and even sent me to live in the street of Baltimore. I did anything I could to get my next fix and lost the trust and confidence of those closest to me. Many people–friends, family, counselors, and mentors–tried to help me, but to no avail. Fortunately, I turned the corner on addiction in 2003 and have been sober ever since. Today, I am a husband, father, grandfather, and community education liaison for the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. I talk to students and other groups about the fact that recovery is possible for anyone and anytime. It’s never too late. I am also the author of Heroin: The Ripple Effect. The book describes my journey through my darkest times and into my times of hope and healing. The book can help readers of any age–and those who love them. Proceeds from the book benefit the Heroin: The Ripple Effect Foundation. I hope that this book will help others in the world suffering from the disease of addiction. I pray that others will receive a message of hope and understand that it is not the person you should despise but the disease. I know that God saved me so I could tell everyone my story.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road, especially finally surrendering. Like many others, there was treatment and then relapse. That was a struggle till I finally got sober in 2003. In recovery, the ups and downs have been living life on life’s terms. I had not done that until I turned my life around. My ups and downs in recovery have been the problems everyone faces. The struggle to have a child, financial ups and downs, and things like that are what others go through. But I have gone through it all by keeping recovery front and center.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a community education liaison for the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. That speaks volumes about my recovery and the fact that I represent the recovery community and the effort to help others through addiction. In my early recovery, I fell back on a trade I picked up early in life. I was a florist back then. I purchased a flower shop early in recovery, which helped me give back to the community and do the work that I do. So I am known for several things. One is a mentor to others in recovery and youth in a preventative manner. I am a community educator and advocate for addiction. I am a resource to those experiencing an overdose and seeking recovery. I am a role model about how to stay in recovery. I am a business person in retail. Finally, I love my family and friends and even love to play golf.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
COVID-19–One of the biggest things I learned is how important it is for people in 12-step recovery to have face-to-face interaction. It’s important to have human contact. I did not realize how much I would miss recovery meetings and meetings at work with colleagues. The other thing I learned is that COVID helped some people get sober by opening up more meetings online and virtually, as many groups had to shift in this way. People on the fence about their privacy could easily listen to meetings and not reveal who they are. So COVID-19 had positive and negative effects.